Triesman ready to take on Premier League again
The former Football Association chairman David Triesman has kept his head down since he was forced to resign from his dual role as head of the English governing body and the 2018 World Cup bid last May.
Apart from the odd interview following England's humiliation, he hasn't said too much about the controversial circumstances of his departure nor his true feelings about the game he was so heavily involved with.
The first independent chairman appointed by the FA following Lord Terry Burns' review on the way the FA is run (six years ago now and counting), Triesman's arrival in football was supposed to bring the sort of change that has been talked of for years.
Instead, it has felt like the FA has gone backwards as the Premier League clubs become richer and richer and ever more powerful.
Triesman resigned as chairman of England's 2018 World Cup bid last May
On Tuesday, he is expected to tell MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee that the FA is unfit for purpose, riven by faction and controlled ultimately by the Premier League.
It will not be the first time he has taken on the League over its influence. But now out of the game he may feel even less constrained and able to speak his mind on the problems which have contributed to football being described by the sports minister Hugh Robertson as the worst run sport in the country.
As I have posted here in the past, this inquiry is potentially a pre cursor for a more serious government intervention in the sport. As Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore pointed out yesterday in a BBC interview, the committee is not a court, the game will not have to abide by its decisions.
But if the game is shown in a bad light and if the MPs produce a withering report on the state of the sport then it will be impossible for the government to stand back and do nothing, no matter how reluctant deep down they may be. Contained in the coalition agreement, signed about the same time Triesman was leaving Wembley, is a clear commitment to look at the way football is governed.
So, as the MPs begin their eight week inquiry, here are five questions for starters:
1. Why, so many years after the FA structural review carried out by Lord Burns, is there still reluctance to appoint two non executive independent directors to the FA's main board?
2. Is the Premier League too influential on the board of the FA?
3. Should the FA, Premier League and Football League be reconstituted as one ruling body for the whole sport similar to the model in Germany?
4. Should English football introduce club ownership rules similar to those in Germany which restrict one person or investor from owning more than 49%?
5. Should there be limits on the number of foreign players who can play for Premier League clubs, thereby helping develop young English talent and boost the England team?